May
01
2014
12

Let’s see how far you can get without breaking down in helpless laughter.

OK, let’s get started.  First off, the article is by Brent Budowsky…

[pause]

Dang.  Lost half the crowd, right there.  Well, it’s to be expected.

…anyway, the article has the headline Brent Budowsky: Kerry as Churchill

[another pause]

Annnnnd there goes most of the rest. Look, I don’t pick easy contests of self-discipline, OK?

…Moving on, let us see the screencap: (more…)

Apr
27
2014
15

Barack Obama’s administration inches toward calling Israel an apartheid state.

To mangle a favorite saying of a friend of mine: The Kerry works for the Czar.

If there’s no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict soon, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state,” Secretary of State John Kerry told a room of influential world leaders in a closed-door meeting Friday.

Senior American officials have rarely, if ever, used the term “apartheid” in reference to Israel, and President Obama has previously rejected the idea that the word should apply to Jewish State. 

“Previously.”  One of two things just happened: either Barack Obama has nominated somebody for Secretary of State who is now putting words in Barack Obama’s mouth*; or the Obama administration has decided to start the process where they can distance themselves from an ally that is cordially hated by large swathes of supporters of the Obama administration.  You tell me which is worse, because I’m still scratching my head over trying to decide that one. (more…)

Apr
24
2014
7

You know, I’m not actually going to mock John Kerry for this.

A Lab is a remarkably unpretentious dog for Kerry to have…

…and it’s doing what dogs do. Besides: I might not really like John Kerry, but I don’t hate him enough to gratuitously insult his dog. The courtesies must be, as they say, observed.

Mar
02
2014
4

John Kerry talks a lot, says very little about #Ukraine.

Oh, brother.

Bob Schieffer: The President spoke to Vladimir Putin we are told for 90 minutes yesterday. The White House is describing it as the toughest phone call of his presidency. DO you think it had any impact?

What John Kerry said: (more…)

Feb
22
2014
1

John Forbes Kerry, Soooper-Geniusss.

Mind you, that title is not entirely fair to the Secretary of State: or rather, it is fair for all the wrong reasons.

 

All I can say is… I wish.

Moe Lane

PS: It’s nice to see that the usual US/rest of the planet awareness mismatch operates in both directions, though.

Sep
24
2013
5

Obama administration defies Senate on UN arms trade treaty.

Check with your former colleagues, Secretary Kerry: there was no point to signing this treaty, because it will not be ratified.

Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to sign an arms trade treaty opposed by the Senate and the gun lobby as early as Wednesday, and Republicans aren’t happy about it.

[snip]

“This treaty is already dead in the water in the Senate, and they know it,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services. “The Administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats.”

A majority of Senators oppose the treaty because it covers small arms, making ratification impossible in the short term.

(more…)

Sep
04
2013
3

There’s nothing ‘de facto’ about the mercenary thing, @allahpundit…

…this (via Hot Air) sounds pretty [expletive deleted] much like the US government was pretty [expletive deleted] explicitly offered a mercenary contract by the [expletive deleted] oil oligarchies.

KERRY: Well, we don’t know what action we are engaged in right now, but they have been quite significant. I mean, very significant. In fact, some of them have said that if the U.S. is prepared to go do the whole thing, the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost. That’s how dedicated they are to this. Obviously, that is not in the cards and nobody is talking about it, but they are talking about taking seriously getting this job done.

…YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW, SECRETARY KERRY. (more…)

Sep
01
2013
3

John Kerry doing the Full Ginsburg about #syria today.

How very last-minute of the man.  And of Barack Obama, too.

Two days after he made the Obama administration’s definitive case for attacking Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry will make the case for asking for congressional permission on the Sunday talk shows, a State Department aide said Saturday.

The White House has dispatched Kerry to all five Sunday morning news programs to urge a yes vote in Congress on the use-of-force authorization President Barack Obama seeks against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Note that Kerry skipped the Spanish-language stations this go-round; this is all about shoring up support for Barack Obama’s policies among the President’s white, liberal base. The private polling numbers that the President’s undoubtedly gotten by now for this issue must be horrible. (more…)

Aug
26
2013
1

Quote of the Day, John Kerry Applies To Become A Dark Lord Of The Neocons edition.

BBC, 1988:

Thousands of people are reported to have been killed and many others injured in a poison gas attack on a Kurdish city in northern Iraq.

Up to 20 aircraft, said to include Iraqi Migs and Mirages, were seen overhead at around 1100 local time in Halabja.

According to experts, the chemicals dropped by the planes may have included mustard gas, the nerve agents sarin, tabun and VX and possibly cyanide.

John Kerry, 2002*:

It may well be that the United States will go to war with Iraq. But if so, it should be because we have to — not because we want to. For the American people to accept the legitimacy of this conflict and give their consent to it, the Bush administration must first present detailed evidence of the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and then prove that all other avenues of protecting our nation’s security interests have been exhausted.

(more…)

Aug
17
2013
2

Quote of the Day, …And The Palestinians BELIEVED John Kerry? edition.

Oh, dear.

A senior Palestinian official told [the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper] that US Secretary of State John Kerry gave the Palestinians assurances that Israel would decrease construction in settlement blocs. The official also claimed that Kerry promised that Israel would halt construction in settlements outside the blocs during the peace negotiations.

OK, let me clear something up for foreign observers: under this administration the State Department is a political office designated for inconvenient top Democratic officials who need to be put somewhere safe for a while until they can be retired with some dignity.  Nobody really expects John Kerry to be functional in the job; this is a consolation and retirement prize for him.  People in the Middle East who want to engage in actual diplomacy with the US government should continue to interact as usual with Near Eastern Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Beth Jones. – but the smart ones knew that already.

(Via Hot Air)

Moe Lane

 

 

 

Jul
06
2013
4

I am of two minds about this John Kerry Nantucket story.

It’s a puzzler:

John F. Kerry’s credibility took on more water on the second day of his Nantucket vacation flap, as the State Department backed off its initial denial the embattled secretary of state was yachting during the Egyptian military coup — and President Obama tweeted a photo of himself kayaking in a hat, sunglasses and polo shirt.

The Herald reported yesterday that Kerry spent the Fourth of July cavorting on his island getaway even as chaos from the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rocked Egypt.

In the wake of the Herald story, a State Department spokeswoman admitted yesterday that Kerry was “briefly” aboard his $7 million luxury craft, the Isabel, on the day of the coup, after previously insisting the yacht sighting was “completely inaccurate.”

(more…)

Jan
29
2013
9

US Senate kicks off Scott Brown’s special election run.

Oh, am I anticipatingMy bad.

The United States Senate voted today to confirm Sen. John Kerry as the next secretary of state.

Just five days ago, Kerry, a democratic senator from Massachusetts, testified before the committee he chaired. As NPR’s Michele Kelemen reported at the time, the hearing was a love fest.

94-3; Twitter says that Cornyn, Cruz, & Inhofe all voted no.  Gonna be a humdinger of a campaign, there; the Democrats are right now kind of hoping that Brown maybe wants to run for Governor, instead, largely because Brown’s polling numbers are wicked good, to quote the regional patois of my extended family.  Guess we’ll see, huh?

Moe Lane

PS: Yeah, Kerry’s a putz.  On the bright side, I still have strong hopes that his wife will start a diplomatic incident with somebody I don’t like anyway.

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